An environmental review of the Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to reduce the effects of striped bass predation in the Delta by reducing size limits and increasing bag limits on the fish is needed to preserve native, endangered species. However, in February 2012, the California Fish and Game Commission voted not to move forward with such a review.
The proposal was the product of a settlement by the Coalition in its lawsuit brought against the Department of Fish and Game, and it was supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Delta Stewardship Council. Rather than undertake a comprehensive study of the proposed regulation changes, the Commission dismissed the Department’s recommendation without giving it serious consideration.